The GoMexSI database is planned to contain information on all instances of species interactions recorded in the Gulf of Mexico. Below is a list of the scope of the data content to be included. Following that list is a table of the taxa that we are currently working on and the status of that work. Data sources include published, and unpublished works, and contributed raw datasets. Finally, we present some statistics for the data extracted from references and that contributed by researchers.

Content Summary

•Large marine ecosystem approach
•Spatially explicit (GIS)
•Temporal (1881 – present and beyond)
•Web based, open access
•Multi-lingual (English/Spanish)
•Tri-national in scope (Cuba, Mexico, US)
•Habitat and environmental data (CMECS)
•Includes multiple taxa, i.e. marine mammals, fishes, sea and shore birds, reptiles, crustaceans, ctenophores, cnidarians, molluscs, etc. (see table below)
•Includes multiple interaction types, ie: predator-prey, host-parasite, mutualism, commensalism, amensalism (see table below)

Taxonomic groups included in the database model

TaxonGroupNumber of References IdentifiedNumber of References CollectedNumber of References ProcessedTotal Number of Species Currently Identified
Free Living
Actinopterygii / ChondrichthyesEstuarine and Marine Sharks, Rays and Fishes793785190883
AnnelidaPolychaete worms and Leeches13130148
Arthropoda - Free LivingCrustaceans and Insects58570141
AvesSea and Shore Birds5855031
CnidariaJellyfish, Box Jellies, Sea Wasps6608
CtenophoraComb jellies2201
EchinodermataSea stars, Sea urchins, etc.6604
MammaliaMarine Mammals, Coastal Terrestrial Mammals3029013
MolluscaEstuarine and Marine Bivalves, Gastropods and Cephalopods2020048
ReptiliaSea Turtles, Coastal Terrestrial Reptiles373605
AcanthocephalaSpiny Headed Worms4240075
Arthropoda - ParasiticCrustaceans, Isopods, etc.60540241
ChromistaDiatoms with Silica Skeletons and Chlorophyll C2203
MyxozoaParasitic Cnidarians4407
NemerteaRibbon Worms or Proboscis Worms1101
PlatyhelminthesTapeworms and Flukes3573450272
ProtozoaCiliated Protozoans, Hematozoans77018

Interaction Types Included

Interaction TypeNumber of References CollectedNumber of References ProcessedNumber of Interactions Recorded
GoMexSI: Statistics 
Number of References Identified1504
Number of Data References Collected1478
Number of Data References Examined102
Number of Raw Data Contributors21
Number of Unique Interactors1,920
Number of Interactions Extracted62,203

GoMexSI: Data Contributors

ContributorInstitution/EmployerNumber of SpeciesNumber of Specimens ExaminedNumber of InteractionsLoaded into Database
Matt AjemianHarte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi1182~750N
Senol AkinSürmene Institute of Marine Science, Turkey32550617328Y
John AndersonGulf Coast Research Laboratory3459N
Susan BellUniversity of South FloridaN
Dana BetheaNational Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration514024276Y
Dave BlewettFlorida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute16941131Y
Stephen BranstatterNational Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationN
Thierry BruleCenter for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute317183446N
Ross del Rio1728N
William DriggersNational Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration1248N
Marcus DrymonUniversity of South Alabama1266264N
Jim FranksGulf Coast Research Laboratory1124196N
Ana IbanezUniversidad Autonoma de Metropolitana, Mexico2155884N
Chris KelbleNational Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration439122N
Bob McMichaelFlorida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute51801037Y
Brian NelsonNational Aquarium24244375N
Jenny OakleyEnvironmental Institute of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake24483997Y
James SimonsCenter for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi5658635673Y
Michael TidwellMeadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University3271810524N
Maru Vega-CendejasCenter for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute10N
Glenn ZapfeNational Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration152434N